I've gotten the bug to write poetry again, but I tend to shun from the traditional verse. In my travels on the web, I've come across the ancient form of Japanese poetry called Tanka. No doubt many of you dear readers are familiar with Haiku, a 5-7-5 syllabic arrangement. Tanka is slightly longer-- 31 syllables in length, and often takes the form of 5-7-5-7-7, though that rule is not hard and fast.
Here's a first attempt at the art form.
the shells quietly at rest
far from the ocean
Treasures of a seaside stroll
Idyllic lover's retreat.